Indefinite Article Usage

ElizabethKwiziq community member

Indefinite Article Usage

I was wondering why the use of indefinite articles with descriptive nouns was no longer in use. For example, I learned to say "Je suis une chanteuse." But, a textbook I am using in my class simply says "Je suis chanteuse." First, why is the un or une no longer included and second, is it grammatically correct to say something like "Je suis fille." or "Il est homme."? Much appreciated for any help. Rules have changed since I was a student.

Asked 2 months ago
ChristopherC1Kwiziq community memberCorrect answer

The indefinite article is never used with professions, but being un homme is hardly a profession, so 'Il est un homme' is right.

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Elizabeth,

When not to use un/une while stating people's occupations or professions in French (Zero Article)

Have a look at the above link  --  I think it may help to answer your point;  also there is a reference to L'Académie française but I cannot find where there may have been historic amendments covering your point.

Hope this helps.

Bonne journée

Jim

Indefinite Article Usage

I was wondering why the use of indefinite articles with descriptive nouns was no longer in use. For example, I learned to say "Je suis une chanteuse." But, a textbook I am using in my class simply says "Je suis chanteuse." First, why is the un or une no longer included and second, is it grammatically correct to say something like "Je suis fille." or "Il est homme."? Much appreciated for any help. Rules have changed since I was a student.

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